Wedding cake ideas can be hard to come by. If you don't want to plump for the traditional white icing, sugar roses and tiered fruit cake, you might need to look a bit further afield than your local bakery for the perfect design.
You want to make your special day… well, special. And the wedding cake is a big part of that. For a really show-stopping version of a classic or for a brand new, completely unique wedding cake, you need to keep abreast of the trends for 2016 and plan ideas that will help to create your perfect piece. Luckily, we've compiled all of this year's hottest wedding cake ideas into one, easy to digest round-up so you can find everything you need to design the perfect wedding cake right here...
The trend: Painted cakes
These Monet-inspired, marble and stained-glass cakes will lend a surreal edge to your wedding. If you're going to get this artsy with your design, make sure you keep your shape and structure simple: Stick to circles or squares.
The trend: Ombré
This elegant design can be as graphic or as whimsical as you like, making it a great fit for any wedding theme. You can either stick to plain icing or opt for ombré embellishment to really make the cake more personal.
The trend: Naked cakes
Naked cakes are as the name suggests: cakes without any frosting. These rustic-looking designs are THE trend of choice at the moment. Don’t think that a cake without the fancy icing can't be impressive – you can team these paired back beauties with decadent edible flowers or even lace... or with whatever takes your fancy.
Drip, drip, drop
The trend: Drip detailing
What’s dripping you ask? Not a flavour or a design, it’s actually a way of icing the cake so that chocolate (or whatever icing takes your fancy) drips down the sides of the cake, creating a pretty and impressive drip pattern. It’s so popular and goes with any style of cake.
The trend: Metallic
Want to put a modern twist on old Hollywood glamour for your big day? A metallic cake will add some glitz to proceedings and can be adapted to any style of cake, making it a versatile option that should definitely be considered. Think gold, silver and bronze, and embellish with everything from delicate detailing and glitter to geometric patterning or all out block colour...
The trend: Ruffles
Ruffled designs are making a comeback as a timeless and classic wedding cake option. These pretty pieces are so versatile, they look at home in any reception from all-out traditional weddings to rustic countryside gatherings and amongst modern minimalist decor – just change the colour and shape to suit your fancy.
Here comes the bride, all dressed in white
The trend: White-on-white
Sometimes, only a traditional cake will do. And just because you want all white doesn’t mean it has to be plain. Instead, think of the white hue as a blank canvas you can mould to fit your big day. Update the classic white three-tier with all-white embellishments, from on-trend lace (inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen dress back in 2011) to piped embroidery and jewelled embellishment, such as petals or even pearls.
The trend: Geometric
Go for a more contemporary feel at your wedding by opting for eye-catching, graphic patterns on your cake. You could also think about mixing it up with other trends such as metallic to really wow the crowd. But remember – with something as unusual as this it’s important not to over do it. Instead, go for a simple colour palette so that the design can speak for itself...
Mmm for Macaroon
The trend: Non-cake cakes
Not a fan of cake? Don’t worry; there are other options available. Why not take inspiration from one of the chicest and prettiest treats: macarons. Although they have been around for a while, they are still steadily gaining popularity with brides who want to do something a little bit different, and the pretty pastel shades mean that there is a lot to play with. Macarons aren't the only delicacy bakers are using to create wedding cakes – go wild with your imagination and you are bound to find something that fits in with your overall theme.
The trend: Literary inspiration
Literary recipes are officially on trend this year, and with the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death it’s easy to see why. Why not take some inspiration from your favourite characters love stories (or epic adventure quests) to create the perfect cake that will mean something extra special to you? From classic children’s tales such as Harry Potter to great epics such as Romeo and Juliet, there are lots of great places to get inspiration. Just get reading!